The sweet flavor of fresh-squeezed orange juice is still flowing at our home. Youngest harvests the fruit while oldest presses the orange pulp against the white-coned juicer yielding the life juice we crave. The flavor far exceeds anything in a carton or can from a market shelf.
However, it will last only for this season. So we treasure it like rare wine matured for years in oak barrels. We sip, rather than gulp, this orange gold, savoring every drop. I can only imagine how a farmer feels when his time arrives to harvest the crop he has planted, nurtured, and cared for.
We are the prized fruit that the Lord has planted, nurtured, and cared for. We, too, will yield an abundant crop if we remain attached to Him. And His word is more precious than gold.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” John 15:5 & 16a NIV
Does your fruit taste like a fresh-squeezed or like an imitation from the market shelf?